BRITTLE STARS / YANN NOVAK – Long Distance Vol.3

(Dragon’s Eye)

In this 3-inch CD a basic, unhurried melody is repeated on and on, increasingly transformed by a cycle of laptop modifications, until its spirit – although somehow remaining observable – falls to bits, practically lost in numberless different combinations of harshness and deformation. The very title of the only track is a self-explanatory “Melody to Maelstrom”. According to the above description, it would be easy to dismiss this outing as one among similar hundreds; still, there’s a measure of attraction in the music that made me want to play it again before the ultimate verdict. Which hasn’t come yet. The jury is still out, but I’ll keep listening to this. A sleeper? Who knows. Meaningful in some incomprehensible way, the plainness of the model notwithstanding.


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